small farm outreach program
Educational Programs Offered
Farm Business Management: Training and technical assistance are provided in all areas of business management which include: record keeping and analysis, farm planning, enterprise budgeting, financial management, marketing, and economics of alternative enterprises.
Agriculture Risk Management: Educational programming teaches farmers effective management strategies that will reduce or prevent some of the many risks they face. Risk Management education and training covers five major areas of risk (production, marketing, financial, legal and human resources) and is provided via workshops, group meetings, one-on-one farm visits, newsletters, fact sheets and field days.
Loan and Grant Application Assistance: The program assists farmers in preparing applications for FSA direct and guaranteed loans. Assistance is also provided to beginning and minority farmers in preparing applications for obtaining farm ownership and operating loans, along with the required borrower training for these types of loans for FSA. Assistance is also provide for grant applications though Rural Development’s Renewable Energy for America (REAP)-grant and loan guarantee program, Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program and Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.
Outreach: Another important aspect of the program is outreach. Through outreach efforts, farmers are provided information and technical assistance to ensure that they have access to all services available through USDA programs. Virginia State University collaborates with USDA agencies to achieve this goal. Predominantly minority community organizations, including religious organizations and key community leaders, are also utilized to reach socially disadvantaged farmers.
Director, Small Farm Outreach Program
Assistant Director, Small Farm Outreach Program
Phone: (804) 524-3293
Phone: (804) 524-3292
|Small Farm Agent||Counties||Contact|
|Amherst, Lynchburg, Bedford, Appomattox,
Campbell, Pittsylvania, Danville, Henry, Martinsville, Patrick, Franklin Co.
|(804) 704-4033 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marilyn Estes||Mecklenburg, Lunenburg, Nottoway,
Prince Edward, Prince Edward, Cumberland, Buckingham
|(804) 481-0485 | email@example.com|
|Halifax, Charlotte||(804) 892-4581 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Derrick Cladd||Brunswick, Emporia, Greensville,
Sussex, Southampton, Franklin, Isle of Wight, James City, Surry, Suffolk, Portsmouth,
Chesapeake, Virginia Beach
|(804) 892-4489 | email@example.com|
|Vernon Heath||Amelia, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Dinwiddie,
Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Prince George, Charles City, Hopewell, Williamsburg,
Newport News, York, Poquoson, Hampton, Richmond, Henrico, Norfolk, Hanover, New Kent
|(804) 892-4518 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roland Terrell||Nelson, Fluvanna, Goochland,
Louisa, Spotsylvannia, Greene, Albermarle, Orange, Charlottesville
|(804) 892-4612 | email@example.com|
|Michael Carter||Madison, Culpepper, Stafford,
Fauquier, Fairfax, Loudoun, Falls Church, Prince William, Mannassas,
Mannassas Park, Arlington, Rappahannock, Alexandria, Warren, Caroline
|(804) 481-1163 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|At large||(804) 720-5539 | email@example.com|
|Grace Summers||At large, NRCS programs||(804) 712-0093 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mery Caldwell||Spanish Outreach||(804) 481-0425 | email@example.com|
|Leonel Castillo||Spanish Outreach||(757) 374-9302 | firstname.lastname@example.org|